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Increased bus traffic baffles Scott residents, officials

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Scott residents voiced their frustration over Port Authority bus traffic on neighborhood streets to township commissioners at a workshop meeting last week.

Residents from Orchard Spring Road said the number of buses that use the street is dangerous.

“I don't like it, and you shouldn't either,” Mary Lou Blasko told commissioners. She said 60 buses go past her house daily.

Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said the route always has gone the length of Orchard Spring, but the frequency of service during certain times of the day has changed.

“There are more buses today than, say, five years ago on that street,” he said. Ritchie said the frequency of service there increased because of a system-wide change.

“We've really gotten away from having variance — having one route go to different destinations,” he said. “It was confusing for riders and it cost money, so we did away with most of those. That's when the frequency change happened and why.”

Orchard Spring resident Barbara Hopkins said the increase in bus traffic has happened within the past year.

“If they can prove the ridership is there, then OK,” she said. “But this is ridiculous.”

Ritchie said that if Port Authority pulls service from the Orchard Spring neighborhood and has its 38 Route go down Greentree Road, riders will have to walk up to Greentree Road to get to their bus stops.

“Then we run the risk of potentially angering another group of people, and then we'd be dealing with that,” he said.

He said Port Authority is looking for guidance from Scott officials.

Commissioner Bill Wells said it is a subject he fears broaching with Port Authority for fear of losing some routes — or all of them.

“I'm afraid to touch it,” he said. “We don't want to lose bus routes in any part of the township.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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